January 26th, 2014
01:56 PM ET
8 months ago

Frustrated progressives start to look beyond Obama

Washington (CNN) – "I am not a member of any organized political party," Will Rogers once joked. "I am a Democrat."

Plenty has been written on the current fight for the soul of the Republican Party. But as President Barack Obama unofficially rings in the sixth year of his administration with Tuesday's State of the Union address, another intriguing struggle may be emerging - between moderates and progressives on the Democratic side.

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Filed under: Democrats • President Obama
GOP rips Obamacare enrollment figures
November 13th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
10 months ago

GOP rips Obamacare enrollment figures

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans used Wednesday's dismal Obamacare enrollment figures to bolster their case that the Affordable Care Act needs to be dismantled - a persistent GOP rallying cry since the law was first passed in 2010 with no Republican votes.

"Above all, this report is a symbol of the failure of the President's health care law," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a written statement. "It is a rolling calamity that must be scrapped."

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Filed under: GOP • Health care • Obamacare
Immigration front and center as senators tour border
March 27th, 2013
06:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Immigration front and center as senators tour border

(CNN) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators at the heart of the debate over immigration reform toured the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Wednesday - the latest sign of growing legislative momentum on a polarizing issue that has been stalled on Capitol Hill for years.

Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were joined on the tour by New York's Chuck Schumer and Colorado's Michael Bennet, both Democrats. The four men are part of a group of eight senators expected to unveil comprehensive legislation soon after Congress returns from its spring break in April.

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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Immigration • Jeff Flake • John McCain • Michael Bennet
Congress avoids shutdown, bickers over 2014 budget
March 21st, 2013
11:38 AM ET
1 year ago

Congress avoids shutdown, bickers over 2014 budget

Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of $85 billion in forced spending cuts.

The measure, which passed the House in a 318-109 vote, cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.


Filed under: Budget • Congress
House approves government funding bill
March 21st, 2013
10:56 AM ET
1 year ago

House approves government funding bill

(CNN) - The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts. The measure, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The vote was 318-109.


Filed under: Congress
House passes Ryan budget
March 21st, 2013
10:48 AM ET
1 year ago

House passes Ryan budget

(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget Thursday. Ryan's budget would cut $4.6 trillion in spending and eliminate the deficit over 10 years, while also repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and overhauling Medicare. The measure is believed to have no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The vote was 221-207.


Filed under: Paul Ryan
Spending cut countdown: What's Congress doing?
February 25th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Spending cut countdown: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) – There are four days left before $85 billion in widely disliked forced spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress - back from a weeklong break - doing Monday to change course?

Not much - at least publicly.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
10 inaugural moments that mattered
January 18th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
2 years ago

10 inaugural moments that mattered

Washington (CNN) - Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin notes each inauguration is moving in its own way, but only a few produce moments that are truly memorable.

"It depends upon the person and the occasion to really produce a historic inaugural speech," Goodwin said. "But the ceremony itself ... is a real tribute to the country, that a person who was the president can go out and become a private citizen (while) a new private citizen is becoming the president."

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Filed under: Inauguration
Flake, of Arizona, wins Senate seat
November 7th, 2012
12:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Flake, of Arizona, wins Senate seat

(CNN) - In Arizona, Republican Rep. Jeff Flake defeated Democrat Richard Carmona to win a U.S. Senate seat, according to a CNN projection.

Flake, a vocal fiscal conservative, led 51 to 45%, with 57% of the estimated vote total counted, when the projection was made. He will take the seat now held by retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.
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Filed under: Arizona • Jeff Flake
Fischer beats Kerrey in Nebraska Senate race
November 7th, 2012
12:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Fischer beats Kerrey in Nebraska Senate race

(CNN) – In Nebraska, Republican state Rep. Deb Fischer defeated former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey to win a U.S. Senate seat, according to a CNN projection.

Fischer led 58% to 42%, with 82 percent of the estimated vote total, when the projection was made. She will fill the seat currently occupied by retiring two-term Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
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Filed under: 2012 • Nebraska
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